Kathleen Casto

Assistant Professor of Psychology - Biopsychology - Interdisciplinary Programs - Neuroscience - Psychology - Social Sciences

Kathleen Casto
  • Phone: (941) 487-4331
  • Email: kcasto@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: BON 010
  • Mail Location: SSC 102
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Math and the University of Oregon
Ph.D., Emory University
M.A., James Madison University

B.A., University of North Carolina Wilmington

Academic/Research Interests
:  Social Neuroendocrinology of Social Status, Competition, and Cooperation in Groups; Hormones and Behavior; Biopsychology of Sex and Gender; Biopsychology of Sport & Exercise; Women in Sport

Course Offerings:

  • Introduction to Psychology Seminar: Hormones & Behavior
  • Biopsychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Behavioral Endocrinology

Selected Publications:

Original Research:
  • Casto, K.V., Rivell, A., & Edwards, D.A. (2017). Testosterone and cortisol response to recreational sport competition in women and perceived personal success. Hormones and Behavior, 92, 29-36.
  • Casto, K.V., & Edwards, D.A. (2016). Testosterone and reconciliation among women: After-competition testosterone predicts prosocial attitudes towards opponents. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 2, 220-233.
  • Casto, K.V., & Edwards, D.A. (2016). Before, during, and after: How phases of competition differentially affect testosterone, cortisol, and estradiol levels in women athletes. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 2, 11-25.
  • Casto, K.V., Elliot, C. M., & Edwards, D.A. (2014). Intercollegiate cross-country competition: Effects of warm-up and racing on salivary levels of cortisol and testosterone.  International Journal of Exercise Science, 7, 318-328.
  • Edwards, D. A., & Casto, K. V. (2013). Women’s intercollegiate athletic competition: Cortisol, testosterone, and the dual hormone hypothesis as it relates to status among teammates. Hormones and Behavior, 64, 153-160.

Reviews and Commentary:

  • Casto, K.V., & Prasad, S. (2017). Recommendations for the study of women in hormones and competition research. Hormones and Behavior, 92, 190-194.
  • Casto, K.V., & Edwards, D.A. (2016). Testosterone, cortisol, and human competition. Hormones and Behavior, 82, 21-37.

Book Chapters:

  • Edwards, D.A., & Casto, K.V. (In press). The social neuroendocrinology of athletic competition. In P. Mehta and O. Schultheiss (Eds.), The International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology. Routledge/Psychology Press.
  • Casto, K.V., & Mehta, P.H. (In press). Competition, dominance, and social hierarchy. In L. Welling and T. Schackelford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology. Oxford University Press.